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    New GFX card meand new PSU

    Hi all,
    I just bought an X1900XTX, and haven't got the juice in my current system to power it. My system:
    A64 3000+
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    2 x Samsung SpinPoint HDDs
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    Pair of cold cathodes on same inverter


    It's all air cooled but I want room to add watercooling too on the voltage. I also want room for the possibility of going C2D, adding another HDD, and for an X-Fi sound card.

    So, can anyone tell me what order of PSU I need? I've been looking at 500+
    Cheers

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    The Corsair PSU's are very good. Lots of amps on the 12V rails. 520W is £70.
    The Thermaltake Toughpower 600W is also very good. Approx. £60.
    The Xclio psu's arent quite as high quality but excellent value and reasonably reliable.

    Try this:

    http://www.extreme.outervision.com/psucalculator.jsp

    Gives a rough estimate of your power usage. Remember that psu's produce less power over time so you will want about 20% over what this tells u.

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    This: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=355398

    or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=446788

    or this: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=284213



    The TT PSUs arent great TBH...They have raised their game but are notorious for producing poor units.

    The XCLIO's are good also but for the price the 3 above are better choices.
    Flewis...i dont know where you got the 'reasonably reliable' statement from as the XCLIO range are very reliable.

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    The TT toughpower psu's are good units. 48A on 12V rails for 600W.

    I agree that the TR2 and purepower units arent as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flewis View Post
    The TT toughpower psu's are good units. 48A on 12V rails for 600W.

    I agree that the TR2 and purepower units arent as good.

    All im trying to say is that TT have a VERY chequered reputation whereas the others have a better proven track record.

    Why risk it when there is better around.

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    Broken links?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Million View Post
    Broken links?
    yep, theres "..." in the links, just use the productid and find them.
    xclio ones are good and so are corsair, thermaltake are last on my list.

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    Anyone think a 480w PSU would be too low? The calculator came out with 400w for my rig plus some future improvements (wallet willing)

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    depends on the amps of the 12v rail, how much money are you spending on the psu?

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    well i've been looking for a second hand one, as i just spent a lot on my new card. Maybe £40-60. There are a lot of Tagan 480w PSUs on eBay at the mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Million View Post
    well i've been looking for a second hand one, as i just spent a lot on my new card. Maybe £40-60. There are a lot of Tagan 480w PSUs on eBay at the mo
    i'd never buy psu stuff off ebay, say its faulty and you try it and it blows all your other components, then what do you do?

    i'd say go for the Xclio ones or Coolermasters, also if you prefer Tagans then there are some in your price range at scan.

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    I'd not really heard of Xclio before, are they really reliable? I like the idea of their 500w one with a 140mm fan - has potential to be really quiet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Million View Post
    I'd not really heard of Xclio before, are they really reliable? I like the idea of their 500w one with a 140mm fan - has potential to be really quiet
    XCLIO 'Greatpower' and 'GoodPower' are exce3llent quality for mid -low range systems.

    They are very very popular in the USA market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Million View Post
    I'd not really heard of Xclio before, are they really reliable? I like the idea of their 500w one with a 140mm fan - has potential to be really quiet
    yep the 14cm fan is one of the reasons i chose it, more airflow at same level of sound, plus a site that reviewed them showed their volts stayed within tight range at high loads and the efficiency is over 80% at all times of load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moogle View Post
    yep the 14cm fan is one of the reasons i chose it, more airflow at same level of sound, plus a site that reviewed them showed their volts stayed within tight range at high loads and the efficiency is over 80% at all times of load.

    Which site might that be? I may be one of my reviews!

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